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of action in washington. to quote former president clinton, this takes some brass. >> the american people work hard, and they've got a right to expect their elected representatives to do the same. house republicans are listening. the senate, the president continue to stand in the way of the people's priorities. >> the people's priorities? let's take a look at some of those priorities. 76% want an increase in the minimum wage. how about focusing on that? 77% want a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. there's a priority you should focus on. and nearly one year after the newtown tragedy, 89% support background checks. earth to speaker boehner. those are the people's priorities. joining me now is congressman jim mcdermott, democrat from washington. thanks for coming on the show tonight. >> good to be here, al. >> they are holding hearings on aliens with just seven workdays left in this year. what do you make of that, congressman? >> well, it's amazing to watch them while away the hours doing nothing. not only did they have a hearing on that. today they had another hearing on health ca
. this should be no surprise to anyone who's paid attention to history. bill clinton emerged from an impeachment scandal with the highest approval rating of his career. he's the president. he has the support -- he won the 2012 election with the support of many americans. and the health care law is here to stay. it's not going away any time soon. >> you know, james, some in the media talk over and over -- i mean, we've been hearing for the last few weeks. it goes all the way back to jim demint's waterloo comment. listen to this. >> one pundit says that the obama care debacle marks the, quote, end of obama's presidency and the beginning of his lame duck years in the white house. >> this is a lame duck status we're in now. >> when we look back at the end of his presidency, we're going to say this was the tipping point of his relevancy. i don't think he can recover fully. >> i mean, it's over and over and over again, james. >> it is, rev. they think if they say it enough it will become reality. also i like alex's piece a lot today. because i think what it reflects for us especially those of us in th
of history. of course he became great friends with clinton and carter because of their record of being against apartheid. i saw will smith in one of those pictures and harry bellefonte. there were enough of us and the people that were activists to give our country a good name in that country. we were lucky to make the change in the '80s. thanks again to the late bill grey. they took the lead. >> no doubt about it. ron delums, randall robinson. but i think people don't understand there were elements in this country that actually as late as the mid-80s was still calling nelson mandela and the anc terrorists. >> i know. >> yet he came out with a very forgiving spirit and rose above all of that. >> i think there's a lot of great leaders in south africa. we've lost some of them, of course. there's a lot of people down there that i'd love to see get back into government and really develop a really strong democratic tradition there. but you're right. there were people that, you know, pat buchanan and other people out there were saying they liked it the way it was, basically. who thought we co
%. that's a lot of unemployed americans. under president clinton it went below 4%. if unemployment were down near 4%, then the argument that we didn't need to extend it right now, that might hold water. but it holds no water now when so many people are unemployed and there are so many sub-groups where the unemployment group is higher than 7%. many communities where the unemployment rate is higher. and it's kind of sad to see the republicans do this. because in the past, this party came up with alternative ideas. they came up with the negative income tax which led to the income tax credit that's helping a lot of poor people. they came up, dare i say it, with health care exchanges which president obama put into law. they came up with revenue sharing to help stress state and local government. they're turning their own back on their own history. not just on liberal ideas. >> you know, congressman, a lot of people -- this was brought home when they realize you're talking about children. there was as i said this very arresting article in "the new york times" this morning front page that i rea
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